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What is Breast Lump Removal Surgery?

Also known as lumpectomy, breast lump removal surgery is the procedure of removing the benign tumor from one or both breasts. Lumpectomy is often performed for small breast lumps. This technique preserves the breast tissues while removing the lump successfully. If multiple lumps of large size are present, then the doctor may opt for mastectomy in which all or most of the breast tissues are removed.

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      At Pristyn Care, we provide advanced treatment for all types of breast lumps, irrespective of the cause. We understand that finding a lump in the breast can be alarming. And the treatment also raises concern about whether or not the entire breast will be removed. Thus, we use lumpectomy for the removal of the breast lump safely.

      We have a dedicated team of surgeons who have 10+ years of experience in treating breast lumps. They have ample knowledge and expertise in carrying out the procedure with minimal risks. Moreover, we employ the latest technology and USFDA-approved diagnostic and surgical tools for improved safety. You can give us a call and learn more about our services in detail.

      What happens in Breast Lump Removal Surgery?

      What happens in Breast Lump Removal Surgery?

      Diagnosis

      During the consultation with the doctor, he/she will perform a physical examination to identify the lump. The doctor will ask about the symptoms you have been having recently and what kind of changes you’ve noticed lately in the shape, size, or texture of each breast.

      For an accurate diagnosis, the doctor is likely to recommend a series of tests to identify the problem and rule out the possibility of breast cancer.

      The following tests are recommended to detect the lumps in the breast tissues.

      • Mammogram– In this test, an image of the breast is obtained to observe the changes in the breast tissues.
      • Ultrasound Test– This test is done to look beneath the surface of the breasts with the help of high-frequency sound waves.
      • MRI Scan– It helps to identify the lump in the breasts by creating high-contrast images of the soft tissues.
      • Biopsy Testing– In a biopsy, a sample of the breast tissues is taken from the lump to observe it closely. This can be done using different techniques, such as-
      1. Fine-Needle Aspiration– A needle is used to take a fluid sample from the breast lump.
      2. Core Needle Biopsy– The sample of the tissue or fluid in the lump is taken with the help of a bigger needle with the help of ultrasound.
      3. Stereotactic Biopsy– The sample is taken using a needle, and a mammogram is used at the same time to take images of the lump from various angles.

      The results of these tests help a doctor to determine the severity of the condition along with the right method for breast lump removal.

      Procedure

      Depending on the type of breast lump, the doctor will have to use different techniques to remove it. Usually, the doctor places a metal marker or clip around the lump. Before starting the procedure, you will change into a hospital gown and be given either general or local anesthesia.

      • The procedure starts by locating the lump to identify the right spot for the incision.
        If there is an abscess in the breast, the doctor will drain it using a fine needle and lance it using a scalpel.
      • If there is a solid mass in the breast, the surgeon will use an excisional biopsy or lumpectomy (complete or partial). It involves making an incision around the breast crease or nipples to access the internal structures. The lump is excised using a scalpel. A small layer of healthy tissues is also removed to ensure that the lump is removed completely.
      • In case there are multiple lumps present in the breast, mastectomy is performed. There are newer techniques available to perform mastectomy that also preserve the breast skin and maintain a natural breast appearance after the procedure. It involves the removal of the tissues by using a scalpel.
      • Once the entire lump is removed, the incision is closed with the help of stitches, and bandages are placed over it.

      The procedure can be performed on an outpatient basis and as an inpatient procedure. You are likely to get discharged on the same day. However, if there are some risks or potential complications, the doctor may prolong the hospital stay. You will get discharged once the doctor ensures that your health is fine.

      How to prepare for the surgery?

      How to prepare for the surgery?

      Prior to surgery, you will have multiple sessions with the doctor to determine the severity of the breast lump and to identify the best way to treat it. During the appointments, the doctor will prepare you mentally for the procedure and explain what the surgery entails.

      Besides that, the doctor will gather information about your symptoms, medical history, and family history. The breast exams will take place, and once everything is decided, the doctor will proceed accordingly.

      During the days before the surgery, the doctor may ask you to-

      • Stop taking aspirin, ibuprofen, naproxen, warfarin, and other drugs that make it difficult for the blood to clot.
      • Take some medicines or adjust some dosages.
        Stop smoking entirely or at least 2 weeks before the surgery.

      Meanwhile, you should let the doctor know if there are chances that you are pregnant, taking some herbal supplements, have allergies to specific medicines, or if you’ve had reactions to anesthesia in the past.

      The doctor will also give specific instructions about what to eat and drink on the day of surgery and when you should get admitted to the hospital. If you have any other doubts or concerns, you can talk to the doctor as required.

      Risks & Complications

      Risks & Complications

      During The Surgery

      The risks during breast surgery are similar to any other procedure. It includes-

      • Infection
      • Excessive bleeding
      • Allergic reaction to anesthesia

      Post-Surgery Complications

      • Blood clots may start to form after the surgery due to prolonged inactivity.
      • Delayed healing of the wound due to a compromised immune system.
      • Infections can also happen after the surgery if proper hygiene is not maintained.
      • Poor results or scarring after the surgery.
      • Numbness or tingling sensation around the surgical site that persists longer.
      • Swelling or bruising in the surgical site.

      What to expect after the surgery?

      What to expect after the surgery?

      Immediately after the procedure, you will be kept in the recovery room to check your vitals. Once you wake up and the effects of anesthesia wear off, you may feel slight pain and discomfort at the surgical site.

      The entire recovery will take place at home. Thus, the surgeon will prepare a guide for you that consists of instructions to follow for a faster and smoother recovery. There will be bruising and swelling around the surgical site, which will take time to disappear. The doctor will prescribe medications for pain and inflammation and to reduce the risk of infections after the surgery.

      When should you undergo surgery?

      When should you undergo surgery?

      You should consider undergoing breast lump removal surgery if-

      • You find a new lump in the breasts that is thickening gradually.
      • There is a change in the size, shape, and appearance of the breasts.
      • Breast pain that persists for a longer period of time
      • You notice skin changes, such as itchiness or redness around the breasts
      • There are changes in the nipple, such as excoriation or scaling.
      • There is a clear or bloody discharge from the nipple.

      Other Options for Breast Lump Removal

      Other Options for Breast Lump Removal

      There are different causes and types of breast lumps, and each one of them can be treated through surgery and non-surgical methods. The non-surgical treatment methods involve the following- 

      • For fibrocystic breast changes, the doctor may recommend taking birth control pills to maintain the hormonal imbalance and reduce the fluid buildup. 
      • In the case of fibroadenomas, the doctor may recommend using an alternative birth control method. 
      • For a cyst that appears as a lump, fine needle aspiration may be a suitable method to draw out the fluid. 
      • If the lump is due to mastitis, the doctor may prescribe antibiotic medicines or over-the-counter pain medications for relief.

      For other causes of breast lumps, including hyperplasia, adenosis, intraductal papilloma, lipoma, or calcification, surgery may be needed.

      FAQ Around Breast Lump

      How to sleep after breast lump removal surgery?

      After having breast lump removal surgery, it may be difficult to sleep on the sides. The best position will be placing some pillows under your back and keeping the upper body elevated. As the breast heals, you will feel more comfortable sleeping on your back and sides.

      What should I eat after breast lump surgery?

      After breast lump surgery, you should eat low-fat protein, such as baked fish and roasted chicken. Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet and avoid processed foods completely.

      Do I need to wear a sports bra after breast lump surgery?

      Yes, the doctor is likely to suggest wearing a soft bra 24 hours a day for the first 4-6 weeks after the surgery. Later on, the time can be reduced to 12 hours a day.

      What should I avoid after the procedure?

      As your breasts are affected even with minor movements in the body, you should avoid-

      • Biking
      • Jogging
      • Weightlifting
      • Aerobic exercises
      Can I drive after the lumpectomy?

      There is no hard and fast rule that will restrict you from driving after a lumpectomy. However, the doctor will advise you to avoid driving as long as you are taking pain medications.

      Recovery & Results After Breast Lump Removal

      Recovery & Results After Breast Lump Removal

      The recovery period after breast lump removal depends on the type of procedure and your overall health. Generally, the recovery will take around one month or less if you follow the doctor’s advice strictly. Make sure that you pay attention to your health, eat healthy foods, and keep the surgical site clean and dry to prevent post-surgery complications.

      Before the surgery, the lump can be felt clearly. But after the procedure, the lump will no longer exist. The shape and size of the breast are also likely to be affected due to the surgery.

       

      Types of Breast Lump Removal Surgery

      Lumpectomy or Excisional Biopsy

      This procedure is preferred for small breast lumps. It involves draining the fluid accumulation and excising the lump from the breasts along with a small amount of healthy tissues surrounding the lump.

      Mastectomy

      This method is used to remove breast tissues to a great extent. It is used when there are multiple lumps present in the breast, which cannot be removed without causing deformation in the breasts.

      Case Study

      Case Study

      Ms. Shivani Negi (name changed) contacted Pristyn Care to get treatment from Dr. Nibedita Parida. She had a complaint regarding a lump in her breasts. Dr. Nibedita performed a physical examination and also suggested some diagnostic tests to identify the type of breast lump.

      It was found that Ms. Shivani had a fibroadenoma. The doctor scheduled surgery two days later. The breast lump was removed successfully through excision, and the breast tissues were preserved. It took only 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete the surgery. After surgery, Ms. Shivani was transferred to the observation room and kept there for two hours. Later on, she was transferred to the recovery room and got discharged on the same day.

      Her follow-ups were scheduled 10 days after the surgery and then 15 days later. Ms. Shivani followed all the instructions given by the doctor for post-op care, and she recovered very quickly. She was very happy with the results of the surgery as the lump was no longer noticeable or could be felt.

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        Azrah 6 months ago

        “I am happy with the services provided by Pristyn Care. My breast lump had been bothering me for quite some time. Thanks a lot for removing the lump safely and ensuring that I got the best services. ”

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